bring up the latest version of a module (and flush out an earlier version) it
may be necessary to reload or refresh a page.
- Significant 2014 updates
have been made.
In the revision process we've condensed sections, added sections to explain new developments, eliminated some tangential social annotates,
fixed writing problems, broke some sections into additional paragraphs*, and rewrote sentences in the interest of clarity.
Several hundred changes -- most minor, some major
-- have been made.
At this point all modules should carry a 2014 date in the upper right side of the initial pages.
(If not, consider refreshing the page to flush out an older version.)
Among the major changes:
- We have drastically condensed the module on digital audio (42b) to eliminate many technical points.
- The module on single-camera production (62) has been expanded to
more thoroughly cover film and video differences.
- The modules on TV news (63, 63-b and 64) have been condensed by deleting ancillary information.
- The modules on careers (68 and
69) have been revised and expanded to take into
consideration the latest research.
Internet Explorer Problem
each IE update some people encounter problems with our Java menu
system -- problems that are not present with the Firefox, Safari,
or Chrome browsers.
If you use IE and have this problem, you may have to use the
alternative, "no menu visible above," link that you see on the
Answer Tip Issues
The Answer Tip home page says
on Windows machines put your cursor on a word and hit
Ctl. right click to bring up the definition. In our experience this
seems to work fine on Windows computers.
With the Apple OS you are supposed to use Command+Option+G. However, this
doesn't work on our Apple OS computer. We are trying to run down the
Mobile Device Issues
without a mouse such as iPads can't use the click and drag feature required
for the quick quizzes.
the pop-up information and AnswerTips.
At the same time, all of the
features in the modules should work with standard browsers as
long as Java is not turned off.
In recent years the browsers in mobile devices have improved so we no longer have special versions of the
modules for mobile devices.
are now including links to a few strictly supplemental
videos from YouTube™.
At the same time we know that some schools block YouTube and external
links because of what they see as inappropriate content.
|NOTES: Although information on this site is carefully checked for accuracy, occasionally a reader will take exception to something that's said.|
Plus, with each update writing or upload errors may be introduced.
If an error is brought to our attention we will quickly
fix it. Just let us know.
With our permission,
we sometimes let other sites use files from the CyberCollege /
InternetCampus sites. Some of our files have been incorporated into
books and articles.
In the same spirit of cooperation and with permission we occasionally
use design elements and articles from other Internet sites.
|We are not responsible for ads or other associated
material that links on this site may lead to. Since we are a non-commercial
(non-profit) site we receive no compensation from any outside
Pop-Up Information (▲ )
Because of rendering inconsistencies in the Internet Explorer 8 browser we have had to change the way of indicating ▲ pop-up information. Phrases in blue or red proceeded by the black triangle seen above can be moused over for elaboration.
Key terms are still in red. (If
you are using a standard browser, you should get a pop-up by mousing over the phrase in blue above.) Some pop-ups will also have an image, such as ▲ this one.
If you find that some of the interactive features on this site don't work, you may be using an old browser or you have Java disabled.
Just a reminder, if an access problem is encountered at CyberCollege.com your can go to InternetCampus.com for the same files.
Although one site may occasionally have a problem, the two sites have never been down at the same time.
For basic background information click on Frequently-Asked Questions.
A summary of the basic information on the course is available here.
In addition to the Forum, which covers numerous media topics, there is also the author's blog with personal observations.
The instructor information has been greatly expanded
and includes "Teaching Tips and Talking Points" for each of the modules. The URL for these and the supplementary tests is available to qualified instructors by writing the author.
Some firewalls, such as ZoneAlarm, have an option to shut off animated images. This will affect some illustrations on this site. (The dove on the left should appear to be flying—although not necessarily getting anywhere.)
The Quick Quizzes
The interactive Quick Quizzes require Java. When you click on Quick Quiz at the bottom of the modules you should see two rows of blocks.
With the help of the left key of a mouse you can drag the blocks on the right to the matching phrases on the left.
Additional Supplementary Readings
There are links within
some modules for additional reading. Among the specialized sections that have recently been added.
Links to these articles can be found in the General Readings and Materials and Associated Readings sub-indexes.
For those of you who asked about recommended video assignments, they are available here.
Although many people go through these modules on an individual basis—government employees, TV crew members, military personnel, etc.— a great many users are in classrooms.
To try to accommodate a greater range of needs, we've devised a color code for links.
The required reading links are marked with a green square ( ) These are covered in the interactive tests and puzzles.
A yellow square ( ) in front of link indicates background reading. This material is not included on the interactive tests, although it may help in understanding the concepts covered.
A blue square in front of a link (
) indicates technical information. This type of information is designed
for advanced classes and professionals; and, again, this may or may not
be required by an instructor.
A red square is reserved for ( ) external links that have related information. This information is not included on the interactive tests. CyberCollege and the InternetCampus have no control over the content or availability of these external links.
Links that are not marked with a colored square should be self-explanatory.
= A basic understanding of TV production concepts.
= A more advanced understanding and background.
= Advanced students; professionals.
= Includes external resources for additional information.
And, finally, phrases marked with this symbol ( ▲ ) can be moused over for more information.
Basic information on the use of these cybercourses can be found here and here.
This whole project is considered a collaborative effort and it has come a long way since the first rough draft was posted almost 20 years ago.
The text materials and illustrations continue to be updated on a regular basis as new information is published in trades, newspapers, and on the Internet. The date at the top-right of each module indicates when the material was last updated.
These materials are free and we aren't
in the business of selling anything.
We've gotten reports that the materials are being
used in for-profit courses.
Although it could be considered flattering that some people feel they can charge for what is provided here free, it violates our legal agreements and
threatens the continued availability of these materials.
Therefore, to protect the availability of these materials we would
appreciate it if instances of this type of copyright infringement are
brought to our attention.
* Some may think that the USA Today style of paragraphing which we've adopted is a bit much. However, with apologies to English teachers, it's been shown that breaking sections into more paragraphs is easier for students to read.
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